Hello all! I've played quite a few Diplos now, and I notice a lot of people don't seem to understand the concept. Read on if you want to learn how to Diplo without becoming PE Every game, Getting yelled at for being a whiner, or getting a terrible starting position.
1. READ THE RULES; even the most experienced players should read the game rules before the game begins. Every Diplo is different, and you never know what rules will be changed.
2. Don't be a Dick; be nice to people. Even if they're crushing you in a war, don't swear and insult them constantly.
3. Pay Attention; if somebody asks you for something, respond in a timely manner, EX: if they ask you to lower borders, and you don't see it, they may get angry and declare war. This also means that you should TAKE YOUR TURN. Do not join a game and then completely ignore it, this only makes it more boring for those who are actually playing.
1. If you are allowed to make initial claims, PAY ATTENTION. Read the chat through first to make sure the territory or bonus you want isn't already claimed. Also, be courteous, and don't pick a territory right next to somebody else's
2.If somebody makes a claim to neutral territory during the game, its nice to respect their claim, unless you claimed it first. If you really want that claim, don't just go in and disregard them, ask them about it, negotiate for it, that's what playing a diplo is about.
1. Don't be a land whore; if a country is about to be defeated, don't jump on the war train at the very end just so you can snag some free land.
2. Avoid Gangbanging; If there are already 2 vs 1, don't jump on unless your allies explicitly ask you. Otherwise, you look like a jerk.
3. Don't whine War; It's part of the game. If a group of 3 allies attack you, don't whine about it, they're allies, they're gonna work together. Whining "But its unfair, you clearly have no concept of a Diplo" (Highlander, I'm looking at you...) will not make your problem go away, it only makes you look like a spoiled 9 year old.
4. Don't warmonger excessivley; If you're a massive country, don't invade a lot of smaller ones, maybe 1 or two, but crushing only the little countries makes you a jerk, and an ass.
1. Obey Game Rules; Don't form an alliance of 10 when the game specifies maximum of 8...
2. Don't cross-alliance; Don't join two alliances at once, many game creators don't forbid this, and doing it gets you into really sticky situations.
3. Don't whine about Backstabs; Your allies may backstab you, that's part of the game, don't complain about it, deal with it.
Game Creation Advice:
1. Write Clear, Concise rules; If your rules look like this:
" declare to attack
break rules and be PE"
It looks terrible, and many people will ignore the rules, but if they Look like this:
" 1. Declare war to attack
2. Do not complain about things
3. Alliances are allowed, group alliances have a max of 5 members
4. If you break these rules you will be PE, any player can attack a PE without a Declaration"
It looks more professional, and people will pay attention.
2. In a claim game, frequently post a list of claimed territories, it's your responsibility as the host to help people keep track of who has what, so as not to screw up the game.
3. DO NOT HOST A GAME AND LEAVE; This means, don't host a game, without actually being in it. If it takes too long to fill, it goes off the board, and nobody can put it back. This is extremely irritating.
4. In a real time game, allow players to ask for slots, its a lot less tedious than declining and joining. What's worse, a little more work for you, or unhappy, bored players?
1. Do not boot if somebody says "Don't boot" or something similar.
2. Be patient, especially in real-time games. Some players have a lot of armies to deal with. Give them a little past the timer before you boot them, and warn them also, so you can know if they're still active.
1. VOTE TO END; Unless the host states otherwise, you should vote to end if a majority do so. This is part of diplos, if an agreement comes for peace, then let there be peace.
2. Apologies fix things; If you screw up and accidentally invade a territory, or boot a player, APOLOGIZE. If you invaded a territory, allow them to take it back, and apologize. People will be more understanding if you admit you are wrong.
3. Do not make unreasonable Demands; If a player accidentally invades your territory, don't force them to let you invade theirs to make up for "Loss of Bonus" deal with it, accidents happen. Don't charge huge prices for trades either.
That's it folks, I hope you found this helpful, and suggestions are appreciated. Happy Diplo-ing!
Edited 10/4/2014 14:16:54